We, the Sussex Jewish Representative Council, the governing body of the Sussex Jewish community, are very disappointed by the video posted on Facebook by Daniel Harris, a local Labour activist. His depiction of three local councillors as Orthodox Jews surrounded by the Star of David is not viewed as ‘fun’ by the Jewish community. We see it as a crass uneducated insult aimed at our community. Does Mr Harris think it would be amusing to portray councillors dressed in hijabs or turbans?
We welcome his prompt suspension and acknowledge the many councillors that engage and work positively with the Jewish community. However, this is not the first time that there have been issues of antisemitism surrounding the local Labour Party. Whether they are real or perceived, the damage that that perception does is clear. We are very concerned to know that Mr Harris was being considered for selection to stand as a Labour councillor. We would call upon the local Labour Party to ensure that all potential candidates and current elected officials receive training in community awareness and sensitivity so that they are better equipped to understand what is funny and what is outright antisemitism and bigotry.
Peter Kyle has agreed to the publication of his recent reply to a letter to him on this subject by a member of the local Jewish community:
“I’m stunned, angry, and simply heartbroken by the decision. The overwhelming majority of Labour MPs are. Livingstone toys with and inspires hate, of that I have no doubt. He is, by most definitions, an unrepentant anti-Semite. The fact that he remains in the same party as I do shames me. I have already signed two letters demanding our NEC reverse this decision and another a public letter to be released later. I wish there were something more I could. I feel bitterly let down and can only imagine how local members of the Jewish community must feel.
There’s nothing I can possibly do to compensate for this lunacy, but I do hope that our Jewish community know that for as long as I have this job I will always be there for them and that there is not a single atom in my body that share the views of people like Livingstone.
Yours, Peter “
Fundraising mission to help Amelia become a dancer
How much thought do you put into walking every single day? Imagine having to think and suffer through every single step. That’s the reality for three and a half year old Amelia Craig, daughter of William Craig who is a well-known member of our local community
Amelia dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, however after being born 10 weeks prematurely her family were given the devastating news that she has Spastic Diaplegia Cerebral Palsy leaving her unable to join in with her friends and participate in normal activities. This painful life long condition mostly affects her limbs and means the muscles in her legs are permanently contracted. Amelia is unable to walk like you or I, she can only walk very short distances on the tips of her toes.
Fortunately there is hope, Great Ormond Street Hospital have approved Amelia for a life changing operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). This involves permanently cutting up to 75% of the nerves in Amelia’s spine to release the stiffness, helping her to walk more easily, however she will have to learn to walk all over again. Unfortunately whilst recognised by the NHS this operation is not currently funded. The family need to raise £85,000 to cover the cost of the operation and the specialist two years of intensive rehabilitation physiotherapy afterwards.
The family have started a fundraising campaign and need your help to make Amelia’s dream of being a ballet dancer a reality. As well as donations
they are on the look out for any budding superheroes in the making ,who would like to get involved in the campaign or to help by undertaking a challenge or two for charity. Perhaps you want to participate in a cake sale, charity bike ride, 5k run, triathlon, bungee jump, abseil, maybe you want to really push yourself and try the Bear Grylls Survival Race, or Skydive with the Red Devils. If you are up for a challenge please consider fundraising for Amelia.
Without this vital operation Amelia will continue to be in pain every day, and will probably end up wheelchair bound for life. To find out more about how to donate or to get involved go to www.AmeliasSdrWish.com, you can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter @AmeliasSdrWish
A significant milestone
This year is a significant milestone for the Jewish community in Brighton and Hove. It is 250 years since the first known record of a Jewish resident in Brighton. Israel Samuel Cohen was married at the Great Synagogue in London, and gave his address as 22, East Street, Brighton.
Attended by two hundred
To mark this important anniversary, a Blue Plaque was unveiled at a ceremony on July 14th. The weather was fine and it was a very happy and jolly day for the Brighton community. Over 200 people were sitting and standing in East Street, Bartholomew Square and listening to the speeches and brass band music.The unveiling of the 250th anniversary blue plaque was performed by The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field.
Descendants from New Zealand
The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Pete West, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mo Marsh, together with representatives of religious and secular groups, local councillors and a large number of the Jewish community. Also present were the Totton family from New Zealand, descendants of Israel Samuel, the first Jewish resident, who had come over especially for the event.
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Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue has won a prestigious Sussex Heritage award for their state of the art synagogue located in Lansdowne Road, Hove. The synagogue recently re-opened after redevelopment, has a new layout and beautifully designed interior to follow the ethos of inclusivity and diversity. Clear winners in the Ecclesiastical Category, BHPS received a hand crafted slate plaque to place on their building. BHPS member, Myra Bianco who headed up the redevelopment scheme and expertly steered it towards completion says, ‘We are delighted to have won this award. BHPS has been our home since 1937 and has long been in need of modernisation. Brighton Architects ZSTa, following a prior agreement of an overall design scheme by Preston Rubin Associates, have done an amazing job.’
The internal layout of the ‘new’ synagogue offers a large sanctuary, office, library, education rooms and much more over two floors. The space is also open to the wider community and its subtle presence in a conservation area provides Lansdowne Road with a new positive outlook.
A wide variety of projects have received Awards including large country houses converted into luxury apartments; a redundant water pumping station, a well pump house with ice house; a variety of mills, barns, oasts and outbuildings all saved from dereliction and transformed into homes and offices; restored and re-ordered churches, towers and spires; reclaimed and restored gardens and even dovecotes; together with new and contemporary homes, art galleries, museums and theatres.
The judging teams comprised a Sussex Heritage Trust Trustee, a professional in the appropriate field and a ‘lay person’ to ensure a balanced view. The criteria include the project’s suitability of purpose, the best use of the site, the quality of workmanship and suitability of materials used.
Jewish Historical Society of England – Sussex Branch
Please see below our programme for the 2016/7 session
All meetings are held on Tuesdays at Ralli Hall, Denmark Villas, Hove, commencing at 7.45 pm. Lectures are followed by questions, discussion and light refreshments. There is no charge for members and students, but we must charge only £4 to any most welcome visitors.
More information can be obtained from:
Michael Crook: firstname.lastname@example.org 01273 776539 or
Godfrey Gould: email@example.com 01273 419412.
|Dr Jennifer Craig-Norton||Jewish Domestic nurses in the UK 1933-45||Southampton University||1st November 2016|
|Vanessa Freeman||The man who never threw anything away:
Moses Gaster and his world’
|University College, London||29th November 2016|
|Joseph Citron||Medieval Jewish Mysticism||University College, London||January 31st 2017
|Dr Rosa Vidal Doval||From Solomon ha-Levi to Pablo de Santa María (c. 1350-1435)||Queen Mary’s College, London||February 28th 2017|
|Dr Susan Cohen||Eleanor Rathbone – Rescuing the Refugees||Southampton University (honorary Fellow)||March 28th 2017|
|Rabbi Jonathan Romain||River Jews – the surprising story of Jews along the Thames from medieval times till today”||Maidenhead Synagogue||25th April 2017|
An expert juggler, an acrobat and dancer, a musician and inventor, and a brave warrioress present an archive of 23 thoughts about conflict they collected in one year’s time. Each one of them had happened in reality. The show brings a unique point of view of personal and daily conflicts on various issues, meaningful or common, while living in the Middle East.
11-12 May 20:00 13-15 May 18:00 The Warren: Main House
Jewish Historical Society of England – Sussex Branch
Outline Programme of Meetings 2015 – 2016
Note: all lectures take place on a Tuesday
27 October 2015. “Pogroms in late Tsarist Russia”. Beryl Williams, Emeritus Reader in Russian Studies, University of Sussex. Beryl Williams is an expert on Russia and the author of many articles on Russia under both the Tsars and the Soviets including books on “The Russian Revolution 1917-21” and “Lenin. Profiles in Power Series”. The lecture will look at new ‘revisionist’ work on pogroms in late Tsarist Russia.
24 November 2015. “Wiener Library- family research” Dr Christine Schmidt, International Tracing Service Archive Researcher at the Wiener Library, London. The unique International Tracing Service Archive held at The Wiener Library contains over 100 million pages of Holocaust-era documents relating to the fates of over 17.5 million people who were subject to incarceration, forced labour and displacement during and after World War II.
26 January 2016. “The History of the Bar Mitzvah” Rabbi Michael Hilton, Kol Chai Synagogue. Rabbi Hilton has recently published a book on the History of the Barmitzvah. This ceremony of bar mitzvah was first recorded in thirteenth-century France. Rabbi Michael Hilton has sought out every reference to bar mitzvah in the Bible, the Talmud and numerous other Jewish texts spanning several centuries, extracting a fascinating miscellany of information, stories and commentary.
23 February 2016. “The Jews of the Persian Gulf”. Daniel Lowe, Curator of Islamic Collections, the British Library. Daniel Lowe is an Arabic language and Gulf history specialist working at the British Library which has one of the world’s largest and evolving collections of relevant material in the form of books and journals, newspapers, manuscripts, archives, and paintings, sound recordings and moving images, electronic resources, theses, and maps.
29 March 2016. “Jewish Suffragettes – to the booth, to the gallery” Rachel Kolsky – a prize-winning London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. The Jewish League for Women’s Suffrage was the first organisation to link Judaism with suffrage and with support from key members of the male Anglo-Jewish elite they succeeded in breaking down barriers to political and religious emancipation.
Rachel won the Membership Achievement Award from the Special Libraries Association and is a prize winning London Blue Badge Tourist Guide.
There is no charge for members and students, but we must charge only £4 to any most welcome visitors.
10 May 2016 A special lecture to commemorate 250 years of Jewish settlement in Brighton
Dr Sharman Kadish, Director of Jewish Heritage UK, will speak on “Middle Street Synagogue and the Architectural Heritage of Brighton and Hove”. This is a special lecture to commemorate 250 years of Jewish Life in Brighton and Hove.
Dr Kadish is the Director of Jewish Heritage UK and a research fellow and lecturer at the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester. She is the foremost and acknowledged expert on the architecture and origin of synagogues in the UK and her most recent book “The Synagogues of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” traces the architecture of the synagogue in Britain and Ireland from its discreet Georgian and Regency-era beginnings. Her other numerous publications include the companion guidebooks “Jewish Heritage in England” and “Jewish Heritage in Gibraltar”.
There is no charge for members of the Jewish Historical Society, but for most welcome visitors there will be a charge of £6 for this lecture.
All meetings are held at Ralli Hall, Denmark Villas, Hove, commencing at 7.45 pm. Lectures are followed by questions, discussion and light refreshments. There is no charge for members and students, but we must charge only £4 to any most welcome visitors.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust will be holding the South East Regional Training Event on Tuesday 6th October in Brighton. If you are going to be involved in Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January 2016 then we would be delighted to see you! For more details and to book a place please visit the link below
HMDT South East Regional Support Worker
2014 will mark 100 years since the start of the First World War. A number of events will take place locally in which the Council hope that all faith communities will take part.
Key dates are:
- · Armed Forces Day – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (usually the last Saturday in June)
- · The Battle of Boars Head, 30th June 2016 (a significant date for the people of Sussex)
- · The first day of the Battle of the Somme (1st July 2016)
- · Armistice Day (November 2018)
There will also be a ‘Drumhead and Interfaith Service’ on Sunday 3rd August. 2014 This has been entered in the Communal Diary. Please bear this in mind particularly if you are planning an event at about that time
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